Mince Pies Recipe

Janette Fuschi | Culinary Ginger

Mince pies are one of the best British, Christmas traditions. They are individual mini pies with sweet filling of fruit and spices known as mincemeat, encased in a buttery pastry.

Homemade mince pies are one of the best parts of the Christmas season in England. They have been a tradition since the 1700s, and this was started so they could be left as gifts for Santa, along with a little brandy.

America serves cookies and milk; England serves pies and booze.

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They originally did not start out as sweet pies, they used to have a savory filling. Along with the fruit, shredded meats like lamb or mutton were added, but that evolved into just the sweet filling today.

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The custom from way back used to be, if you ate a mince pie every day from Christmas until January, you will happiness for the next year. This sounds like a great reason to eat lots of pies Christmas.

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In England, there are two types of mince pies, sweet and savory. Now, this can get a little confusing so to discern one from the other, one might say ‘sweet mince pies’ when referring to the sweet, Christmas pie recipe.

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They are not typically mentioned until the holidays, so when someone says mince pie all the other time of the year, they are referring to savory.

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There is one ingredient that is in this recipe that is not traditional, and that is butter. Suet (which is beef fat) is always used in the U.K., and this comes in a shredded form.

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Since suet is not readily available to me here in the U.S., I grated cold butter to give a similar effect, and seemed to work out well.

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These sweet pies are delicious served with whipped cream, or just on their own with a snifter of brandy, just like Santa.

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Mince Pies Recipe

    6 Servings


For the Filling:
  • 4 ounces Raisins
  • 4 ounces Dried Currants
  • 1/3 cup Brandy
  • 1 large Honey Crisp Apple, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 ounces Candied Peel, finely chopped
  • zest of one Lemon
  • zest and juice of one small Orange
  • 3 ounces Unsalted Butter
  • 1/4 cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Grated Nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon Allspice
For the Pastry:
  • 1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 teaspoons Granulated Sugar
  • 4 ounces Butter, cold until ready to use, 1 stick
  • Cold Water
  • 2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, melted


For the Filling:

  1. Add the raisins, sultanas and currants to a bowl and stir in the brandy. Allow to soak for 1 hour.
  2. After 1 hour add the raisins, sultanas, currants, and the rest of the filling ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Mix well then transfer to a container with a lid and refrigerate overnight.

For the Pastry:

  1. Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl, add the sugar and butter and press into the flour while cutting up the butter until it looks like fine breadcrumbs.
  2. Add the cold water a little at a time while mixing until the dough comes together to form a ball. Transfer to a floured surface and knead slightly, then form into a ball.
  3. Wrap the ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Brush each cup of a 12-muffin pan with melted butter.
  5. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  6. After 30 minutes roll the dough out very thin, 1/8-inch thick, onto a floured surface.
  7. Cut 12 rounds with a 4-inch cookie cutter or large glass or mug and press each round into each of the muffin pan cups.
  8. Prick the bottom of each pastry round with a fork. Fill each pastry cup with filling.
  9. Re-roll out the remaining dough and cut 12 more pieces of pastry. I used mini Christmas cookie shapes.
  10. Place each piece of dough over the tops of the pies and brush the pastry with the remaining melted butter.
  11. Bake in the center of the oven for 23 minutes.


  • You will have a little filling leftover, it’s delicious over ice cream.


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Author: Janette Fuschi
Recipe Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 720 minutes
Cook Time: 23 minutes
Total Time: 743 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 237
Calories 604

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g
  Saturated Fat 19g
Sodium 116mg
Total Carbohydrate 77g
  Dietary Fiber 3g
  Sugars 34g
Protein 4g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Janette Fuschi

About Janette

Janette is a British ex-pat living in Southern California. On her blog, Culinary Ginger, you'll learn all about it. On Food Fanatic, you'll see her favorite British classics, and ours too!

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